Utah Jazz notebook: Trey Burke undergoes 'successful' surgery on broken finger
SALT LAKE CITY — The surgery was “successful,” according to the doctor.
Now it remains to be seen how long before Trey Burke returns to action for the Utah Jazz.
After undergoing a procedure Tuesday to repair his fractured right index finger, the rookie point guard will sport a cast/splint for three weeks. He’ll then be re-evaluated by Dr. Douglas Hutchinson, a Salt Lake City-based hand specialist.
Burke will be allowed to continue doing conditioning work during his rehab.
In their press release, the Jazz did not indicate whether or not pins were inserted into his fractured finger, something that could delay his return.
Before going into surgery, Burke tweeted out that he believes his timetable is four to six weeks.
“I appreciate the support and prayers,” he wrote.
Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said the 20-year-old was in good spirits in the aftermath of Saturday’s injury. Burke jammed his hand against Clipper star Chris Paul while passing the basketball, breaking the pointer finger on his shooting hand. He had his finger taped and returned briefly before X-rays revealed the fracture.
Burke attended practice Monday and had the surgery Tuesday afternoon.
“He just understands (the surgery) has to be done,” Corbin said before Tuesday morning’s practice. “At this point, he just wants to get it over so he can get back to rehabbing and getting ready to move forward.”
Burke’s teammates feel for him and are looking to rally together in his absence.
“It’s obviously going to be a tough loss for us. Trey was a playmaker and somebody who can make shots,” Jazz small forward Gordon Hayward said. “We’re all going to have to step up. I’m definitely confident in John Lucas’ ability and just ready to move forward.”
OTHER INJURIES: Hayward missed Monday’s workout with a bruised right arch, injured in Friday’s game against Portland, but he practiced Tuesday.
Hayward had his foot re-taped in Saturday’s game against the Clippers after re-aggravating the injury. He expects to play Wednesday night against Portland.
“It hurt,” he said. “It should be all right. I’ll be fine.”
Jazz veterans Marvin Williams (Achilles' heel) and Brandon Rush (knee) continue to inch closer to returning after their surgeries.
“I think they’re getting closer every day,” Corbin said.
Rush is scheduled for a checkup Oct. 26, and Williams has an evaluation coming up. They’ve increased activity, Corbin said, but still haven’t been able to participate fully in practice.
“Getting on the floor with five guys is a ways off for them,” Corbin said.
CAMEO SHOT: Hayward was among young NBA standouts to appear in a just-released commercial promoting the 2013-14 season. It was a brief cameo. He was shown dribbling behind his back and then he’s quickly edited out.
“I saw it,” he said, smiling. “I’m in it for like half a second. If you blink you’ll miss me.”
Hayward laughed when his appearance was compared to the part in the "Monsters Inc." commercial when Sully’s little friend Mike was hidden by the logo in an ad.
"That’s exactly how it is,” Hayward said, laughing. “But it was cool."
The “BIG is On” promo also featured Damian Lillard, Greg Monroe, Harrison Barnes, John Wall, Jrue Holiday, Kemba Walker, Kenneth Faried, Kyrie Irving, Mike Conley Jr. and Paul George.
If you're wondering, yes, there is a lot more Hayward footage on the editing room floor.
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